Week 6. It was Week 6 that Ben Roethlisberger got injured in the 2016 season. Seemingly a matter of when, not if with “Big Ben,” at least this time it doesn’t seem like a major, long term injury that will knock him out for too long. That and more (but luckily not too much more) coming up:
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben, hurt again. This time, it’s his left knee that’s keeping him off the field. Roethlisberger came out of the second quarter of Sunday’s matchup against the Miami Dolphins, but he returned to play the second half. After the game, an MRI revealed a torn meniscus, leading to a meniscectomy on Monday. This was actually the best case scenario, as it is the removal of the meniscus as opposed to an attempted repair. Since he won’t need to wait for it to repair, Big Ben may not miss much time at all. Landry Jones is expected to start Week 7, but then the Steelers have a Week 8 bye, and Roethlisberger should be back under center for Week 9.
The Doc’s Take: He had surgery on Monday for a partial meniscectomy/clean out procedure. Should be able to return in 1-3 weeks.
Eddie Royal- Chicago Bears
Bears wide receiver Eddie Royal entered Week 6 with a calf injury and exited with a toe injury. He was forced to leave Sunday’s game and was unable to return. The extremely injury prone Royal is now dealing with multiple injuries and is unlikely to be ready for Thursday Night Football.
The Doc’s Take: It’s a toe injury, but it’s unclear which toe. If it’s the big toe, you worry about a turf toe injury, which could take 2-4 weeks to come back from. If it is unstable, it may require surgery and an even longer recovery period.
Michael Bennett, Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett was forced to leave Sunday’s game against the Falcons with a knee injury after a cut block. He limped off the field on his own despite the injury looking quite serious at the time. The Seahawks and Bennett got more good news later, as an MRI came back clean and Bennett should be able to play in Week 7.
The Doc’s Take: Bone bruise in the knee, week to week depending on the severity.
Damarious Randall, Green Bay Packers
Packers cornerback Damarious Randall came into Sunday’s game having just recovered from a groin injury which kept him inactive for the previous game. He aggravated the injury on Sunday and was forced to leave the game. He did not return and is now unlikely to play on Thursday.
The Doc’s Take: Randall had a groin strain and aggravated it by trying to come back in 1 week. He’ll need to give it 2-4 weeks to heal or it could become an issue for the rest of the year.
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
Another Packers injury, wide receiver Davante Adams suffered a concussion after a hit by Cowboys defender Sean Lee. Adams will have to pass through the concussion protocol and is highly unlikely to be ready on the short week for Thursday’s game.
The Doc’s Take: Week to week, must wait for neuropsychological testing to return to baseline before being cleared to return to the field.
James Starks, Green Bay Packers
Packers running back James Starks wasn’t injured on the field in Week 6 as everyone else on this list was, as he was inactive for Sunday’s game. He is recovering from a knee injury and there may be some concern regarding his availability going forward, as the Packers traded for former Chiefs great Knile Davis this morning.
The Doc’s Take: Starks underwent a partial meniscectomy/clean up procedure. He’ll need 2-4 weeks to recover because it takes running backs longer to come back from these surgeries.